Never follow a confident looking tourist!

Trip Start May 12, 2012
Trip End May 25, 2012

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Flag of Germany  , Mecklenburg-West Pomerania,
Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Founded in about 1200, Warnemünde was for centuries a mere fishing village with minor importance for the economic and cultural development of the region. In 1323 Warnemünde lost its autonomous status as it was purchased by the city of Rostock in order to safeguard the city’s access to the Baltic Sea. It was not until the 19th century that Warnemünde began to develop into an important sea resort.The plan for today is to see the few sights worth seeing in Warnemünde then catch the train into Rostock, about 12 kilometres inland from the Baltic sea on the Warnow river. When we alight from our train we will catch the number 6 tram into the Neuer Market - 3 stops from the train station.Well, as you can imagine, if there is a plan then it is bound to go awry. After doing the sights at Warnemünde, we (4 of us) successfully negotiate (with the help of a railway attendant) our way around the hurdles to purchase a multi person (up to 5) all day train/tram ticket. We alight the train in Rostock and are feeling like seasoned travellers. This is all to easy. Now where is that tram we need to catch?Things are getting a little foggy. We are looking like lost sheep when we bump into our friends John & JoAnn from the ship. Now they look confident and in control so we follow them to the tram and jump on the number 6. Three stops later the environs are looking very suburban with no old buildings in sight. John & JoAnn are looking very calm and collected so we just ride the tram for another stop or two as they must know it was more than just 3 stops!A short time later, the tram pulls into a siding and everyone gets up to leave. We look at John & JoAnn and they now have a quizzical look on their faces. We try to ask the driver what is happening and he jabbers away in German and points in the direction we had just come. We all leave the tram and stand motionless in the terminus. After a few confusing minutes, we all head off for another tram stop up the road. Soon, another number 6 comes along travelling in the opposite direction and with the help of a young German student we are soon on our way to the Neuer Market. Note to self: Always check the direction in which you are meant to be travelling!After a full day of sightseeing, we all head back to the ship, but not before stopping at a small bar on the promenade beside the Alter Strom for a drink and potato wedges.
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